A presentation at KansasFest — July 25, 2013 This session will present a variety of hardware innovations that I have developed over the years. Each will be demonstrated and discussed. BUGG-POWER: This is an adaptation of IBM-style power supplies for the IIgs and IIe to eliminate low- power hassles. It was was shown at the 1996 KansasFest meeting and later presented in a magazine article (Juiced GS, Fall 1996). Separate versions are used for the IIgs and IIe/II+. THREE DISK II ENHANCEMENTS:... Topics: Apple II, Apple IIe, KansasFest, Apple II GS, Apple Iic, Apple //c, Apple IIe
Mike Maginnis provides an overview of the Apple III and a look at all those nasty rumors about its allegedly poor design and engineering. Download the slides at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/ and read clarifications from the presenter at http://wp.me/pJsxq-43 Topics: KansasFest, 2011, KFest, Mike Maginnis, Apple, Apple III, Apple ///
KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. July 15 2015 Topic: KansasFest, Apple II, Apple 2, Apple II convention
Compared to contemporary 8-bit machines, Apple II game graphics are challenging to program and lackluster. Several companies offered video cards based on the Texas Instruments TMS9918A Video Display Processor (VDP) to enhance the Apple II’s video capabilities. These cards saw limited sales and poor software support due to cost, but there’s much untapped potential including enhanced games, superior graphics, and original multi-monitor software. Peter Neubauer will lead a tour of the... Topic: Apple II Graphics
A historical overview of Apple II data storage and operating systems, from cassette to USB. A presentation at KansasFest — July 26, 2013 Topics: KansasFest, DOS 3.3, Apple II, Apple IIe, ProDOS, Apple II GS, Apple IIGS, GS/OS, Apple II Disk...
Presented by Quinn Dunki. Mouse programming on the Apple II is a fascinating mix of old and new software paradigms. It's old fashioned ROM-entry-point style programming, but with slight nods towards modern API design and relocatable driver code. I spent some time working out all the gotchas in this, and will share that hard-earned knowledge with you. You'll leave the session with a basic mouse driver that you can tweak and use in your own programs. KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, Apple II mouse, computer mouse, Quinn Dunki
Ken Gagne - Kickstarter Brainstorming A presentation at KansasFest 2012 Kickstarter is a popular Web site used for "crowdfunding" — the solicitation of small amounts of money from individuals to fund independent projects. It has been used successfully by Jason Scott, David Greelish, and 8 Bit Weapon to support retrocomputing projects. How can we apply this tool to the Apple II community? What ideas might we make real through a successful Kickstarter campaign? Bring your thinking... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Kickstarter, crowdfunding, Apple 2, Apple II
NiftyList is one of the most amazing utilities for the Apple IIgs to provide details of what is running in the system. It can be used debug code and provide information what applications are doing at the current moment. A talk presented at KansasFest July 21, 2012 Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, NiftyList
E7 E7 E7 EE: the story of the greatest copy protection ever invented Presented by Mark Pilgrim. Learn the secret behind the bitstream that revolutionized Apple II copy protection: a runtime routine that could determine if it was running on an original disk. A presentation at KansasFest, July 16 2015. Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II copy protection, E7 bitstream, copy protection techniques
2015 KFest - Apple II Monitor LCD Conversion Javier Rivera explains his techniques and tricks to convert Apple monitors to LCD. He will show his LCD conversion and also a small "show and tell" of past conversions and techniques. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, LCD monitors, monitor conversion
Teach US Kids to Program - Matt Hellinger In his article "Teach US Kids to Write Computer Programs", Douglas Rushkoff notes the following lay- man's analogy regarding our relationship with computers today: Programming a computer is not like being a mechanic. It is the difference between being a driver and a passenger. As a passenger, you rely on your driver to take you where you want to go and even tell you that a certain place exists. Today, most consumers are passengers, but it... Topics: Apple II, Apple IIe, KansasFest, programming, kids and programming
Why I Left My First Love – The Sordid Tale of a Fickle Apple II User by Earl Evans A presentation at KansasFest 2012 The first microcomputer I ever encountered was the Apple II, and it was love at first sight. However, throughout the following years, my computing experience brought me in and out of the Apple II world. This presentation explores my personal history with the Apple II – and why I flirted with other 8-bit computers, eventually settling on the competition for my own home... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Commodore 64, computer history, Apple 2
Kansas Fest 2012 — Martin Haye — Code Dangerously With Naked-Dev A presentation given at KansasFest 2012 Introducing Naked-Dev: a complete Apple II programming environment which brings instant gratification to both Applesoft and machine language coders. With Naked-Dev, you'll be able to write machine language code in real-time — no assembly required — using either a new, easy-to-learn, English-readable language called SHORT, or by writing standard 6502 assembly code in a dramatically... Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming, Short, Naked-Dev
Dr. Steve Weyhrich presents some selected topics from the Apple II History that he’s recently researched, Apple II magazines and more. A talk at KansasFest 2012. Topics: Apple 2, Apple II, Apple II magazines, computer magazines, kansasfest, kfest, computer history,...
Open Apple , the Apple II community's only co-hosted podcast, is the product of endless hours slaving over a mixing board and audio editing software. Watch and learn what goes into recording an episode of the show. What would an episode sound like without this extensive post-production process? Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Ken Gagne, Mike Maginnis, audio, Apple II, Open Apple, podcast, Apple
Q&A with John Romero at KansasFest 2012, following his keynote . John Romero discusses his experience starting out on the Apple II, what he’s learned over the years about famous Apple II coders, and his recollections of coding games on the Apple II in the 80s. Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Apple 2, John Romero, Q&A
Jason Scott describes five times he has had to crash Apple IIs into popular culture in the past year, the experience of it, and why we can expect many more crashes in the future. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Jason Scott, Internet Archive, Archive.org
A presentation at KansasFest 2010 by Ken Gagne, July 24 2010. Juiced.GS, now the longest-running and last remaining Apple II publication in print, has been providing retrocomputing enthusiasts with news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos for 15 years. Where do we go from here? The past, present, and future of this quarterly Apple II journal merge in four exciting announcements that will change Juiced.GS forever. Topics: KansasFest, Juiced.GS, Apple II, computer magazines, Apple II magazine
On July 18, 2007, David Szetela, founding editor of Nibble Magazine, delivered the keynote speech at KansasFest, an annual celebration of the Apple II. In this segment, he discusses the departmental politics at Apple Computer Inc. Video by Ken Gagne. Topics: KansasFest, Keynote, David Szetela, Apple II, Apple Computer
HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year and open to all attendees. This video shows the entries and results. For more info: http://www.kansasfest.org/hackfest/ Jeremy Rand CurtaSim 1st Jeff Blakeney Colourfill game 2nd Ivan Drucker Magic GOSUB 3rd Scott Miller A formula fo drawing the word KFest 4th Martin Haye Apple /// crack screen Peter Neubauer Lissajous curve plotte Mike Maginnis Apple III piano Topics: KansasFest, kfest, hackfest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming contest
Most computer equipment contain EPROMs on their circuits: CPUs, printers, interface cards, or peripherals. The EPROM chips contain firmware code to control operation of the device. An EPROM looks like a large IC chip: It is wide, with 24 to 40 pins. There is a small round window in the center of the upper side of the chip, with a microlattice of fine metal wires visible through the clear quartz-glass window. The EPROM chips can be erased and reconfigured by hours of exposure to ultraviolet... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, EPROM, EPROMs, EEPSOMS
Keynote for Kansasfest 2015 was presented by "Burger" Becky Heineman. Heineman learned programming at age 16 and gained fame in 1980 as the first National Space Invaders Champion with a score of 165,200. Her career soon blossomed with credits in over 250 games including classics such as Tass Times in Tonetown, Dragon Wars, Crystal Quest, The Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate, Battle Chess, and Wolfenstein 3D. She developed numerous titles for the Apple IIgs, other contemporary... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Rebecca Heineman, keynote
From Kansasfest 2015. Join Brian Wiser and Bill Martens for a brief overview of the A.P.P.L.E. Users Group and Call-A.P.P.L.E. Hear new product announcements and a few surprises. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions Call APPLE
2015 KFest - Ultimate Micro Announcements direct from UltimateApple2 and ReActiveMicro about the new brand: UltimateMicro. Related projects, demos, and Q&A July 15, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, ReActiveMicro, Ultimate Micro, Apple II peripherals
KansasFest 2012 — Wayne Arthurton — The Apple II’s Gaming Legacy A presentation given at KansasFest 2012 A tour of franchises started on the Apple II that are still going strong or coming back. A surprising number of modern games can directly trace their heritage to games originating on our favorite machine. Website: http://waynearthurton.com Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, games, computer game history
In this session, Dagen Brock deals with using modern development tools and languages to create code and assets for use in Apple II software, including definitions and comparisons of off-platform and cross-platform development; creating build pipelines; using modern tools to create audio and visual assets; and tying it all together, as well as conjecturing what additional tools could be developed to assist in this process. Topics: KansasFest 2010, Apple II, programming
What is the demoscene all about? We’ll look at the Apple II’s place in this unique subculture and have a look at several well-known demos. A presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Andy Molloy Website: http://landsnail.com Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, demoscene
Solar Powered Apple II A presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Peter Neubauer What does it take to run an Apple II off solar power? I'll discuss the power requirements for an a Apple II, the basics of solar power, and the details of my solar setup. Website: http://bluerwhite.org Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Kansasfest, kfest, Solar power, solar powered computers, Apple Iic
A presentation at KansasFest, July 26, 2013 In 1985, computer networking, such as sharing files and printers between computers, was an expensive hodge-podge of proprietary technologies. Apple introduced AppleTalk networking to the foray alongside the original Macintosh. Support for the Apple IIe and IIgs followed. AppleTalk was uniquely low cost, about $50 per computer, and easy to setup. For about 10 years, AppleTalk was Apple’s answer to networking until the Internet with TCP/IP supplanted... Topics: Apple IIe, LocalTalk, AppleTalk, networking, Macintosh, KansasFest
Martin Haye's Super-Mon is a set of fancy extensions to the Apple II system monitor. This fairly technical session follows the creation of a small but interesting assembly language program that demonstrates the concepts and capabilities of Super-Mon. Topics: KansasFest, Martin Haye, Apple II, Monitor, Extension
A presentation at KansasFest 2012. Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his... Topics: Apple II, AppleWorks, KansasFest, Kfest, Randy Brandt
Over the years, millions of 5.25" floppy drives have been discarded because of an easily repaired defect: Loss of track-centering alignment. This problem is easily repaired with simple tools such as a screwdriver, a computer/monitor, and a software disk. Track-centering misalignment is suggested when a floppy drive can read its own written disks, but gives disk-errors when attempting to read disks written on other drivers. Likewise, the disks written on the misaligned drive give error... Topics: Kansasfest, Apple II, floppy drives, Stephen Buggie
Recent experiments with fractal algorithms in pure Applesoft BASIC have revealed methods for optimizing code to achieve acceptable speeds on a 4Mhz IIc Plus. In this session, Wayne Arthurton demonstrates the effects of using and optimizing user-defined functions, vari able reuse, variable allocation order, and other techniques for improving BASIC calculation performance. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Wayne Arthurton, Apple, Apple II, Applesoft, BASIC, programming,...
"Once upon a time, only advanced programmers could achieve machine language speed." Learn how to use Macrosoft, a programming language from the same folks who brought us Nibble Magazine, to write Applesoft-like programs that achieve machine language speed, in this introduction to obtaining, using, and setting up Macrosoft and the companion Assembler. We'll write a small Macrosoft program during the presentation to help you get started writing your own programs. See... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Peter Neubauer, Apple, Apple II, assembler, assembly, Nibble, Macrosoft
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, telecommunications expert Geoff Weiss received this message from Ewen Wannop, creator of Spectrum, in recognition of his status in the community. (Unbeknownst to Ewen, who was not on-site at the event, he too received an award.) Topics: Geoff Weiss, Ewen Wannop, Apple II, Apple II Forever, award, plaque, ceremony, tribute,...
The Golden Age of the Apple II The Apple II was in production from 1977 to 1993. From early interest to broad adoption to being over shadowed by the Mac, followed by cancellation, diehard support, and retrocomputing revitalization, the machine has survived many eras and purposes. What was the golden age of the Apple II? What constituted its heyday, and how long did it last — assuming it's already over, or has even happened? Jason Scott will moderate this panel consisting of Bob Bishop (Apple... Topics: Apple II, KansasFest, computer history, Jason Scott
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A panel at KansasFest 2012 with Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington Vanston and Earl Evans What do Retro Computing Roundtable, Open Apple, 1 MHz, Retrobits, Classic Computing Show, DoubleTake, and Challenge Talk all have in common? These podcasts’ hosts and co-hosts will all be in attendance at KansasFest 2012! But the similarity ends there, with each show having a different approach to collaboration and production, content and audience. Listen to hosts Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington... Topics: Apple II, podcasting, podcasts, Kansasfest, kfest, podcasters
Ken Gagne - Wordpress For Dummies A presentation at KansasFest 2012 Start your own Apple II Web site, blog, online business, or podcast with WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS). Learn how to get started, how to install a theme, what the essential plugins are, and how to start publishing. Relevant webmastering tools, like Google Analytics, Feedburner, and Navicat will be reviewed. This session is aimed at beginners, with no knowledge of CSS, PHP, or MySQL necessary... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Wordpress, blogging, Apple II
Over the past few years, there have been developments which allow greater support of disk images on the IIgs. Geoff Weiss demonstrates the latest technology with such products as MountIt by Brutal Deluxe and the SmartportVHD by Cedric Peltier. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Geoff Weiss, MountIt, SPVHD, SmartPort, disk images, emulation, emulators,...
Creator of the popular 'FishNDA', Ryan Suenaga proves that he doesn't suck by delivering this precorded video to KansasFest 2010, in which he announces the development of a send-only email NDA for the Apple IIGS, codenamed Melissa and officially named Emily II. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ryan Suenaga, Apple, Apple IIGS, email, Melissa, Emily, NDA, SMTP, client
If you've programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don't need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank entry, provide an ESCape, and much more! Download your copy at ivanx.com/appleii/ Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ivan Drucker, Apple, Apple II, input, BASIC, NuInput, programming,...
This session will briefly cover the Pascal operating system and compare the various Pascal compilers and interpreters for the Apple II. It give an overview of the Pascal language itself, provide a useful guide to learning Pascal and then compare and contrast the available Pascal programming environments for the Apple II series of computers. This session is perfect for those of you who have mastered BASIC and want to delve into structured programming languages. No knowledge of programming will... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Pascal operating system, Pascal programming language